My Uber and I arrived roughly 30 minutes after doors opened, and it appeared they had barely even started. We drove around the venue due to local construction on the loop, and the line was still going back there. This wasn’t a nice day in St. Louis either, most schools shut down including my campus which never closes. These fans were dedicated and the security had told me they were waiting for hours. This was a show these kids couldn't miss.
Marc Goone, a St. Louis artist was brought up for this show as the first performer. Last time I had seen him I was shooting for his sold out headliner at The Demo. I am interested to see what has been going on with him lately, it seems he has been sort of reclusive on purpose and it is very intriguing. I hadn’t heard of him performing in a while but I bet that every single fangirl in the room still plays his songs off their soundcloud likes on the daily. He graced the stage like he had been on the entire tour, comfortable and unforced.
The next set was a artist by the name of Blackbear. I didn’t know much going into this about him, but had heard somewhere around the function that he cowrote some Bieber songs, and it appears this guy knows what he was doing. There were a few sound problems throughout the night, not sure what is was but it was on everyone’s set. Unfortunately i think this affected Blackbear’s show the most. Along with the dark lighting choice and stage design (that was mainly just these 2 LED panels and one nice screen for visuals) i think they set a vibe visually that didn’t match the performance and just couldn’t keep my attention.
This is the part of the night i had been waiting for, Kyle hasn't been too St. Louis in a long time and I had no idea who he was last time he was here. All I know is this man has 'leveled up' his stage presence and he is truly more then just an artist. One thing that a lot of people overlook when they get into music is the ability to entertain. It could be the fact that Brick, his best friend, has became more of a key in his performance. There is no doubt that these guy's have chemistry, and the whole time has a vision that really comes together when they tour. Superduper has a youtube channel that is hilarious and innovative (SuperDuperCrewTV
Kyle even decided to give some of his set time to bring out St. Louis's own Smino. Smino has been doing a lot lately, if this doesn't show it enough. Honestly Didn't even know he was back in town from L.A. until I saw him by the tour buses last night. Smino has been working in Cali lately finishing up his next mixtape. Should expect some cool people on there i am guessing. He will be touring in Europe later next month.
Lastly, was the man whole brought all these kids out on a bad snow day in the midwest, Hoodie Allen. Following this trend of hip-hop bands, Hoodie started with a long instrumental intro with an intense light show. The girls were already screaming for hours at every crew member who stepped on stage waiting for this man to step on stage, so when he actually made his entrance the floor went nuts. I saw nothing but choker necklaces and colored hair flying through the air. Some bra flew through the air and I just wondered if this sort of thing happened at like some early Bieber shows. Needless to say the immediate crowd in the pit was young, but age doesn't matter when it comes to having fun and Hoodie knew they were having a good time because he was in control of it all. Hoodie put on a performance that had these kids so distracted that I am almost positive Kyle got to have a peaceful time with his family in the crowd without getting bogged down by to many fans. The band and him truly had a great show, and this set thankfully had no issue with sound or lights.
The Happy Camper Tour was an amazing experience, and it still goes on through the end of march.
Tour Dates & Tickets here
Written & Shot By Cory Miller.